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Water containing radioactive material leaked at a Japanese nuclear power plant following Monday's earthquake, Kyodo News agency reported.
The quake, which left fissures 3 feet wide in the ground along the coast, hit shortly after 10 a.m. local time and was centered off Niigata state. Buildings swayed 160 miles away in Tokyo. Sirens wailed in Kashiwazaki, a city of about 90,000, which appeared to be hardest hit.
Originally posted by masqua
Radioactive leaks, regardless of the isotope or the quantity leaked, is bad news for the industry as a whole even if it was a gallon of water laced with a drop or two of tritiated heavy water.
Japan’s nuclear industry was plunged into in crisis today following the “discovery” that the world’s largest atomic power station at Kashiwazaki stands directly above a huge earthquake fault-line.
The revelations deal a massive credibility blow to the Tokyo High court and to the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology – the government-affiliated body whose survey showed the fault to be some 15 kilometres from the Kashiwazaki plant.
In 2005, fearing the effects of a major quake a group of residents fought to have Kashiwazaki’s licence to build a new reactor revoked. The Tokyo High court rejected the plaintiffs' claim that an active fault ran under the station, concluding that what the residents thought was an active fault “did not even amount to a fault and could not cause a quake”.